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Nothing New About Jersey

Politically, New Jersey is a joke.

Packed like lemmings into a tiny, stinking janitorial closet between New York and Philadelphia, the stench of corruption reeks like an open-air drive past Cancer Alley over the Raritan Bridge.

In my groggy state of recuperation from my surgery, I heard, without surprise, about the 44 arrests in a corruption probe of July the 23rd, 29 arrests of which were elected officials, and one community leader which concerned a bizarre case of underground organ donor selling (eek).

This, on the heels of Barack Obama's July 16th rally for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's election campaign. Ah, poetic justice has been delivered.

One. Count 'em, one, of the 29 arrested public officials was a Republican. The rest were Democrats.

Mayors and representatives of some of the largest cities and municipalities in the state were snagged in the probe for bribery and graft.

If this were a gaggle of corrupt Republicans, fuggetaboutit.

And if anyone knows about politics in NJ, the Democrats are one big happy family.

This is starting to stink straight to the top.

While there has been no connection between Corzine and the corruption allegations, rumors are starting to fly about replacing him as the Democratic nominee for the upcoming governor's race. Like the ghost of Robert Torricelli past, Democrats are starting to have their doubts about a flailing and failing Corzine. Whispers of replacing him with someone who doesn't reek of budget problems, failed promises, and public relations disasters abound.

Corzine is a terrible candidate. He has no charisma, no likability, and nothing in common with the average New Jerseyian. He bought his way into a senate seat, and poured $65 million of his own money into winning the governorship.

Corzine is going up against former Attorney General Chris Christie. A man who won over 130 out of 130 corruption indictments against scuzzy public officials.

This makes Christie look like a knight in shining armor. If he's smart, he'll bet all in on this one.

Corzine is already in attack mode, with hollow negative ads running against Christie, ad nauseum.

Obama's coattails aren't big enough for Corzine to glide on, and I don't think any amount of money is going to convince people that he deserves another chance to fail at his duties.

Obama should concede this one, and run away as fast as he can.

Corzine is ripe to fall.


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Comments (9)

NJ is what happens when you... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

NJ is what happens when you let Dims run things.

Illinois is not that much b... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Illinois is not that much better. The ex-Governor and the new Senator are just the tip of the iceberg.

Count 'em, one, of the 2... (Below threshold)

Count 'em, one, of the 29 arrested public officials was a Republican.

I'm not sure how he got that party affiliation, either. Maybe some NJites know? When I was researching the backgrounds of the suspects when this was first breaking I was finding stuff about how Republicans didn't like him and he ticked off a paper's editorial staff because when he met with them before the election he couldn't even discuss the Republican platform because he hadn't even bothered to read it.

" Count 'em, one, of the 29... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

" Count 'em, one, of the 29 arrested public officials was a Republican. "

Heh. And yet, during the first couple of days after this story broke, all the news stories that I saw only listed his party but mostly did not mention that others were Dems. It was only after the bloggers and reader comments started complaining that they mentioned that Dems were involved.

Frankly, when the party is not mentioned, it's probably a Dem.

"Packed like lemmings into ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Packed like lemmings into a tiny, stinking janitorial closet between New York and Philadelphia, the stench of corruption reeks like an open-air drive past Cancer Alley over the Raritan Bridge."

Hahahahaha! Shawn, I love it!! Talk about graphic writing, I can almost smell it!

In Philly, the initial news... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

In Philly, the initial news on KYW (radio and TV) reports mentioned towns, and a few positions; IE Mayor of Hoboken.
But the only name, list of crimes and party affiliation was for the sole republican. And there was no mention that he was the sole republican. Heh.

Democrats are star... (Below threshold)
Stan25:
Democrats are starting to have their doubts about a flailing and failing Corzine. Whispers of replacing him with someone who doesn't reek of budget problems, failed promises, and public relations disasters abound.

They could always put Eliot Spitzer in Corzine's place. He only got caught with a high priced hooker. At least, he has kept his skeletons in the closet so far. Who knows, maybe they will peek out too.

Just for the record, Christ... (Below threshold)

Just for the record, Christie was U.S. Attorney, not Attorney General. A New Jersey AG hasn't even brought a corruption indictment in ages, never mind getting 130 convictions.

Ken,Thanks for the... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Ken,

Thanks for the clarification.

Never blog after 12:00 am.

-Shawn




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